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Phoebe Low

phoebe.low13@gmail.com United States 1(636)675-3809

Education

University of Pennsylvania | Bachelor of Arts expected December 2017 Architecture - Design Concentration English - Creative Writing Concentration

Skills

Software AutoCAD Rhinoceros VRay for Rhinoceros Grasshopper Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Adobe Premiere Pro Microsoft Office Other design Drafting Model building Hand drawing Filming and video production Clay sculpture

Work Experience

Video Editing Assistant, Penn Online Learning | June 2015 - Present Assemble and cut videos for Penn’s online learning courses using Adobe Premiere Color correct, key, and keyframe raw footage and mixed media Manage and inventory large-scale projects Export finished video and upload to online learning platforms such as Kaltura and Coursera Marketing Intern, Metcalfe Architecture & Design | June 2015 - August 2015 Planned and helped construct a model Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences Set up and tore down for video and photography shoots of completed buildings Edited promotional video of Wissahickon Charter School, Awbury Campus, to be featured on the websites of Metcalfe and Wissahickon Charter School Assisted with project renderings using Adobe Photoshop Editorial Assistant, The Penn Gazette | September 2014 - May 2015 Wrote articles published in bi-monthly issues of the University of Pennsylvania’s alumni magazine, including coverage of Penn Commencement Proofread alumni news, arts and culture sections

Research Assistant, Wharton School of Business | June 2014 - August 2014 Conducted literature review on business environments conducive to creativity and innova- tion Planned and draft a book about business creativity with the guidance of Prof. Jerry (Yoram) Wind and Prof. Derek Gillman Created and presented a research poster at open houses and symposia of Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship (CURF) Research Assistant, Wharton Geospatial Information Systems Lab | September 2013 - May 2014 Gathered data and background information for articles, papers, and course materials on urban studies and real estate Composed summaries and footnotes for research reports Copyedited academic papers

Activities and Awards

Creative Writing | 2002 - Present Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, National Gold (2009), Silver and American Voices (2013) Medals Published in the Pennsylvania Gazette and Scholastic’s Spark magazine Staff writer for Univesity of Pennsyvania’s Locust Walk University of Pennsylvania Dean’s List | 2013 - Present Penn Chamber Society | 2013 - Present Violin and viola Overflow Dance Ministry | September 2016 - Present


Projects Polymorphic Grids Three-dimensional Exploration Sculpted Space Module Gallery Balance


Polymorphic | Grids

Grasshopper, Rhinoceros, and Illustrator More complex shapes form when the tiles are aggregated than when they are taken individually. In this series, other qualities appear, such as stepping-- the grid displaying different levels of density and discrete particles, as well as the reversal of positive and negative space-- the black shapes standing out in some instances, but the white shapes asserting dominance in others, often within the same grid.


Polymorphic | Three-Dimensional Grasshopper, Rhinoceros, and Illustrator

The ideas of stepping, positive vs. negative space, and aggregation translated into three dimensions. Instead of flat tiles congregating into more complex shapes, I used cubes, spheres and organically shaped subtractors to carve out space that either leads to a central, larger space or “steps� towards the outside of the original shape and opens it up.


Polymorphic | Sculpted Space Module Grasshopper, Rhinoceros and Illustrator

I scaled up one of my three-dimensional explorations and added additional openings to let light in and make the space more habitable on a human scale. The resulting module is carved out with a series of stacked spheres and cubes to create a platform for people to stand in as well as places to sit.

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Elevation 1

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Polymorphic | Gallery

Grasshopper, Rhinoceros and Illustrator

Gallery / Exhibition space – 3000 SF Reception area – 100 SF Conference room – 300 SF Exhibition space – 2600 SF Consumption / Service space – 1000 SF Cafe area – 850 SF Restroom – 100 SF Storage – 50 SF Exterior Interaction space – 1000 SF

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S. 10th St.

Program

S. 10th St.

I used the ideas of stepping, aggregation, and positive vs. negative space to develop an exterior shell, and then a 5000 SF floor plan, for a gallery-cafe space on the corner of South 10th and Bainbridge Streets in Center City, Philadelphia.

A typical rowhouse lot measuring 20’ x 80’; the building could not be taller than 38’ per city regulations. The adjacent building, 627 S. 10th Street, accommodates the main staircase and elevator for the building. It also houses office and storage facilities for the gallery.

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Pushed in Bainbridge St. Bainbridge St.

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The southwest corner, to open the building up to entrance from both the south and west; the middle of the building, to create a lighter footprint and a focal point on the building’s facade.

1/64” = 1’-0”

Pushed up

Different regions of the exterior envelope to point towards the east end, the highest point of the building. The regions also flow around the focal point.

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V-shapes out of the shell; they refer to one of the grid subtractors used in the first exercise. Their arrangement reflects the regions flowing around the focal point, and the indentations serve as a starting point for letting in indirect light.


The floor plan becomes more fragmented as one ascends to convey the ideas of stepping and the aggregation of many small parts. Traveling through the gallery becomes a journey to the top, where there is also the most light. Parts of the floor are also cut back, creating a negative space through which light can shine through and inhabitants can look up or down at different floors. The cafe and restrooms are located on the bottom floor, and the conference room is on the first floor, in the most private portion of the floor plan.

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1/8” = 1’-0”


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I applied gradient patterns to the outer corners of the building to let in light at the “climaxes” of the occupant’s path through the gallery. In addition, the grass in the outdoor interaction space takes on a pattern from the previous grid exercise.

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Balance | Seating

AutoCAD and Rhinoceros I created a space on the second floor of Penn’s Van Pelt library for people to work and rest. I experimented with different formations of seesaws, the idea being that one person’s movement would affect the others’, and developed with a pulley system by which the tilting of one seat would pull forward the others.


1/2” = 1’-0”

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Thank you for your time! Phoebe Low phoebe.low13@gmail.com


Phoebe Low Design Portfolio